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Recent hearing injury, need option
Old 4 weeks ago
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Recent hearing injury, need option

I hate to spam up this place, but I really need an option from some like minded folks about this.

About 3 weeks ago I picked up my girlfriends little dog who always greats me when I come visit her. I guess I garbed him funny cuz he yelped pretty much point blank in my left ear and as soon as it happened my ear went deaf for a few seconds then came back with ringing. Just like in war movies when troops get bombed or hit by artillery and they loose their hearing for a second.

Since then, I've been able to hear out of my left ear, but has a sorta muffled feeling to it with some slight pain here and there. It feels like there is something in my ear canal. I get some light tinnitus ringing here and there. Sometimes my ear feels just fine, then when I start to listen to music the feeling comes back.

I talked to my Dad about seeing an ear doctor, but he said they probably wont be able to do anything and that I will have to wait it out. In his words, a waist of insurance money. But this is coming from a guy who's superstitious of doctors.

So what should I do? Should I see a ear doctor? Is my hearing in my left ear going to be messed up forever? It feels like it's getting better each day, but I'm worried it could be getting infected or much worse. I have a feeling my ear drum might be ruptured.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I hate to spam up this place, but I really need an option from some like minded folks about this.

About 3 weeks ago I picked up my girlfriends little dog who always greats me when I come visit her. I guess I garbed him funny cuz he yelped pretty much point blank in my left ear and as soon as it happened my ear went deaf for a few seconds then came back with ringing. Just like in war movies when troops get bombed or hit by artillery and they loose their hearing for a second.

Since then, I've been able to hear out of my left ear, but has a sorta muffled feeling to it with some slight pain here and there. It feels like there is something in my ear canal. I get some light tinnitus ringing here and there. Sometimes my ear feels just fine, then when I start to listen to music the feeling comes back.

I talked to my Dad about seeing an ear doctor, but he said they probably wont be able to do anything and that I will have to wait it out. In his words, a waist of insurance money. But this is coming from a guy who's superstitious of doctors.

So what should I do? Should I see a ear doctor? Is my hearing in my left ear going to be messed up forever? It feels like it's getting better each day, but I'm worried it could be getting infected or much worse. I have a feeling my ear drum might be ruptured.
I am no doc (tho sometimes i play one on the intraweb) JK, i had some issues with ears, and it seems you did get blasted by some nasty, loud as it was close) hi and hi mid freq. the fact your ear closed up for a few seconds was a safety response, and then the immediate tinnitus showed that yes, some (minor) damage was done. Tinitus happens when hairs flatten out (cause of loud sound) and no longer will be useful in transmitting sound to your brain for registering. Just protect that ear for a little while. Ear plugs in loud areas. Don’t subject it to anything over 85db till it smoothes over. A weeks or so. You prob feel a wax buildup as that’s another physiologic response the body does to protect it self. If you develop hypersensitivity (hyperacusis) justvtake extra care protecting it and it WILL get better. Ride through it. Don’t protect it too much tho.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Thanks for the words of encouragement. My symptoms seem to have more in common with Eustachian tube dysfunction then actual hearing damage. I'm still looking into the situation though to make sure that's what is actually going on.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Go to your regular physician and have him take a look. If it's more serious, he'll refer you to a specialist.
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Thanks for the words of encouragement. My symptoms seem to have more in common with Eustachian tube dysfunction then actual hearing damage. I'm still looking into the situation though to make sure that's what is actually going on.
The fact they closed up for a few seconds followed by tinitus shows minor damage. Your doing the right thing by worrying. It means your paying attention. You’ll get through it but just be smart and patient. The ears take a loooong time to heal and sadly we live in a loud loud world.
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OF COURSE GO SEE a DOCTOR WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU?!!?
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